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Autism Bill Pushes for Health Plans to Cover Treatment

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Members of the Georgia General Assembly are urging their colleagues to pass legislation that will require private health insurance companies in Georgia to cover treatment for autism.

House Bill 309 and Senate Bill 191 are two proposed bills for efforts to require insurers to cover autism. Each bill is named after nine-year-old Ava Bullard, a Lyons, Georgia native who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and after treatment is now thriving n home and school environments.

Looking to help make a change, the young girl took the Senate floor to speak Tuesday.

“I’m nine years old. I like to sew and I’m glad for my treatment and please pass this bill.”

Georgia is one of 16 states that does not mandate coverage for autism.

This bill is largely being pushed by Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, as he is a co-sponsor of SB 191 and Ava’s great uncle.

“We’ve studied it for four or five years now. It’s time for us to move forward,” said Williams.

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